Injury Doesn't Slow Bobek

Posted: November 30, 1994

Nicole Bobek has had to deal with injury and disappointment before, but, even for her, dog bites are something new.

"I just thought, 'What next?' " Bobek said last night after performing a strong short program at the International Figure Skating Championship at the Spectrum.

Bobek skated into third place entering tonight's long program despite a deep puncture wound in her neck and assorted scrapes and bruises from being attacked by a friend's dog on Sunday.

"I went to the hospital and they said I couldn't do any competitions until it healed, and I was like, 'Too bad. This is my job,' " said Bobek, 17.

Bobek has had a strange year. She finished third at the nationals, a placing somewhat overshadowed by the attack on Nancy Kerrigan.

Since then, she has struggled through several nagging injuries, placed, 13th at the world championships, and then had identical seventh-place finishes at the Goodwill Games and Skate America.

Russian Olga Markova leads the women's competition after the short program, followed by Surya Bonaly of France, Bobek, Michelle Kwan - who fell on her first jump of the night - and Caryn Kadavy.

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In the pairs competition, Russians Evegnia Shishkova and Vadim Naumov are first after the short program.

Jenni Meno and Todd Sand, U.S. national champions, are in second place going into tonight's final, and Kyoko Ina and Jason Dunghen are third. Elena Beloussovskaya and Sergei Potalov of Ukraine are in fourth.

The ice dancing competition was reduced to three couples when Elizabeth Punsalan and Jerod Swallow of the U.S. withdrew because Punsalan has a stomach virus.

Leading that competition is Anjelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsiannikova of Russia.

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